1 Samuel 2:9
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New International Version
He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails;

New Living Translation
"He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone.

English Standard Version
“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.

New American Standard Bible
"He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail.

King James Bible
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness, for a man does not prevail by his own strength.

International Standard Version
He guards the steps of his faithful ones, while the wicked are made silent in darkness. He grants the request of the one who prays. He blesses the year of the righteous. Indeed it's not by strength that a person prevails.

NET Bible
He watches over his holy ones, but the wicked are made speechless in the darkness, for it is not by one's own strength that one prevails.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He safeguards the steps of his faithful ones, but wicked people are silenced in darkness because humans cannot succeed by their own strength.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He keeps the feet of his saints, and the wicked perish in darkness, for no man shall prevail by their own strength.

King James 2000 Bible
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

American King James Version
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

American Standard Version
He will keep the feet of his holy ones; But the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; For by strength shall no man prevail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness, because no man shall prevail by his own strength.

Darby Bible Translation
He keepeth the feet of his saints, but the wicked are silenced in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

English Revised Version
He will keep the feet of his holy ones, but the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Webster's Bible Translation
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

World English Bible
He will keep the feet of his holy ones, but the wicked shall be put to silence in darkness; for no man shall prevail by strength.

Young's Literal Translation
The feet of His saints He keepeth, And the wicked in darkness are silent, For not by power doth man become mighty.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-10 Hannah's heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases. Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why we should be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Are we rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man's wisdom or fancied excellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free and precious salvation. This prophecy looks to the kingdom of Christ, that kingdom of grace, of which Hannah speaks, after having spoken largely of the kingdom of providence. And here is the first time that we meet with the name MESSIAH, or his Anointed. The subjects of Christ's kingdom will be safe, and the enemies of it will be ruined; for the Anointed, the Lord Christ, is able to save, and to destroy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - The feet of his saints. The Hebrews written text (ch'tib) has his saint, sing.; but the word really means not saint, i.e. one sanctified and holy, but pious, i.e. one lovingly disposed towards God. The sense, therefore, is not affected by the number, but the sing. is more forcible "He will guard the steps, the earthly course, of each one that loveth him;" while over against this watchful providence, ever exerted for the safe keeping of all who love the light, stands God's punitive justice, whereby the wicked are finally brought down to the dark silence of the grave. For they had only human strength and prowess upon which to depend, and no man can sustain himself in the manifold conflict of life without help from above.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He will keep the feet of his saints,.... Now follow promises and prophecies of future things respecting the Israel of God, either in a literal or spiritual sense. By "his saints" are meant not angels, though they are his Holy Ones, but men, and a body of them; who though unholy in themselves, nor can they make themselves holy, yet are made so by the grace of God, in consequence of electing grace, by which they are chosen to be holy, from Christ the source and spring of all holiness, by the Holy Spirit of God, as the efficient cause, and which is done in the effectual calling; hence they live holy lives and conversations, though not altogether without sin in the present state. The word also signifies such to whom God has been kind and gracious, and on whom he has bestowed blessings of goodness, and who are bountiful and beneficent to others. These are the Lord's, whom he has set apart for himself, and has sanctified in Christ, and by his Spirit; and of these he is keeper, not angels, nor ministers of the word, nor themselves, but the Lord himself is the keeper of them; and who is an able, faithful, tender and compassionate, constant and everlasting keeper of them; and particularly he keeps their "feet"; he indeed keeps their whole persons, their bodies and souls; the members of their bodies, and the powers of their souls, their head, their heart, their affections, from turning aside from him; he guides, directs, and orders all their actions and goings; he keeps their feet in his own ways, where he has guided them; he keeps them in Christ the way, and in all the paths of faith, truth, righteousness, and holiness, and in the way everlasting: he keeps them from falling; for though they are liable to fall into sin, and by temptation, and from a lively exercise of grace, yet not totally and finally; they are secured from it by his love to them; the promises he has made them; his power exerted on their behalf; their being in the hands of Christ, and the glory of all the three Persons concerned herein:

and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; sin has spread darkness over all human nature; every man is born and brought up in darkness, and walks in it: a state of unregeneracy is a state of darkness, in which wicked men continue; and they are in the dark about God, the perfections of his nature, his mind and will, word and worship; about Christ, and the way of life, peace, and salvation by him; about their own state and condition by nature, and the danger they are in; about the nature and necessity of regeneration; and about the Scriptures, and the doctrines of the Gospel; and living and dying; in such a state, darkness, blackness of darkness, is their portion forever: so the Targum,"the wicked in hell in darkness shall be judged:''and it is said they shall be "silent" in it; they are quiet, easy, and content in the state of natural darkness in which they are; they neither do nor will understand; they do not care to come to the light, but shun the means of light and knowledge; they have nothing to say of God, of Christ, of the Spirit of God, or of divine things; they can talk enough of evil things, and pour them out in great plenty, but not of any good; and when their evils are charged upon them by the law, their mouths are stopped, and they pronounced guilty, and have nothing to say why justice and judgment should not take place; and so they will be silent and speechless at the great day of judgment. Some interpret it, they shall be "cut off in darkness"; so Kimchi and Ben Melech; that is, by death, by the hand of God, by the sword of justice:

for by strength shall no man prevail; which is a reason both why God will keep his saints, and why the wicked shall be silent, or cut off and perish: with respect to good men, they are not saved, kept, and preserved by their own strength; they are not saved without a righteousness, without regeneration, without repentance towards God, and faith in Christ; neither of which they can perform in their own strength: nor can a saint keep himself from, or prevail over his spiritual enemies of himself, not over sin, nor Satan, nor the world; but it is by the power of God that he is kept through faith unto salvation: and with respect to wicked men, these shall not prevail by their strength over good men, or the church, who are built upon a rock, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail; nor can the wicked so prevail by their strength as to hinder their being cut off, and cast into outer darkness; they have no power over the spirit to retain it in the day of death; and whether they will or not, they shall be cast into hell, and go into everlasting punishment.



1 Samuel 2:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hannah's Prayer of Thanksgiving
8"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them. 9"He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail. 10"Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; Against them He will thunder in the heavens, The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; And He will give strength to His king, And will exalt the horn of His anointed."…
Cross References
Matthew 8:12
But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

1 Peter 1:5
who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Numbers 6:24
"'"The LORD bless you and keep you;

Psalm 31:17
Let me not be put to shame, LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead.

Psalm 33:16
No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.

Psalm 33:17
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

Psalm 37:23
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;

Psalm 91:11
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Psalm 91:12
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Psalm 121:3
He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber;

Proverbs 2:8
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Proverbs 3:26
for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.

Isaiah 27:3
I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.
Treasury of Scripture

He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

will keep

Job 5:24 And you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace; and you …

Psalm 37:23,24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way…

Psalm 91:11,12 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways…

Psalm 94:18 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up.

Psalm 121:3,5,8 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber…

Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

his saints

Deuteronomy 33:3 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they …

Psalm 37:28 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are …

Psalm 97:10 You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his …

Proverbs 2:8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

be silent

Job 5:16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:17 All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and …

Jeremiah 8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the …

Zephaniah 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day …

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: …

Matthew 22:12,13 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding …

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; …

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

by strength

1 Samuel 17:49,50 And David put his hand in his bag, and took there a stone, and slang …

Psalm 33:16,17 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man …

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, …

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the …

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